Thank you, and now, for something completely different.

Well, that’s the end of my first large group show in a good long time. Bucks Open Studios is over for this year and what a great exhibition it has been.

I’ve had some excellent feedback from some lovely people, many artists and makers themselves as well as that, I’m able to call it a success as I did manage to sell quite a few pieces. Which as anyone out there, who is attempting to sell their own work or craft will know is a huge compliment and affirmation of what you do and what you think that it is worth.

This leaves me with a wonderful dilemma however, as most of the work that I felt I was able to sell and show to people is now gone! I have to make more! Thankfully, I have two weeks booked in the staff studio at work this week and next and so after hours and in the little spare time I have available, alongside my last remaining post grad assignment I will be making more, new work. Foraying into the stack of new ideas that I have lined up for ‘when I have time’.

So, for my next group show, I make this public commitment, that all of the work will be from my new collections/series and direction. Expect to see more of my beloved family of Rooks, more slighly ominous yet protective Ravens and perhaps some Red Kites, or Jackdaws, or even Jays.

In light of this statement, I’m now also making a commitment to sell off all of my old work, to make space for new! So please see my gallery for new pictures and added prices. Knock down prices! Roll up Roll up!

This is also my opportunity to give a huge public thanks to Stewart Clough who tirelessly organised the show for us at St Tiggywinkles and pleasingly had some sucess himself as part of the show. I am very grateful to him and the staff at Tiggys for their work and tireless efforts to look after us and accommodate us all.

And thank you to you, you wonderful people, for all your endless support. It means the world, it really does.

Please feed the birds.



Bucks Open Studios – 8 June – 23 June

I love the saying ‘If you want something done, give it to a busy person.’ Today I have luxuriated in the fact that I have had to stay in one place, that is not my work desk, all day and even better than that – had to do some art work! I have and continue to be very busy of late.

Currently, I have an exhibition up at Bucks Open Studios at St Tiggywinkle’s Wildlife Hospital Trust which is one of my biggest shows in years. I’ve not had the time, or indeed confidence in my work in recent years to exhibit, and while I haven’t sold much yet (but I have sold some!) this has been hugely important to me, personally. It’s a milestone in terms of my practice and standing on my own two feet as a practicing artist.

If any of you are local, and able to come and see, I am doing a demonstration of monoprinting at Tiggys over this weekend starting at 11:30am each day and hopefully printing until at least 2pm each day (with some breaks!). It would be great to see some of you there if you’re able to come – you can get directions here.

Here are a couple of phone snaps, with more to come of my own and my fellow artist’s work!


Exhibitions down, Weddings done, hopes up.

Both of the recent group shows that I’ve been in have now come down. My dear sister currently has my prints from the British Wildlife Art Exhibition in her car as I was too shattered after coming home from Wales on Sunday to pick them up! It was a busy but wonderful weekend. A dear school friend got married to her lovely long term partner. She’s a birder like me and as such her wedding venue was chosen appropriately!

The Welsh Wildlife Centre is just outside of Cardigan and they have numerous bird hides about the place where you can see all manner of lovely birds. We didn’t have long to spend and still managed to see many blue tits, chaffinches, starlings, a half tame crow and a little egret! We also saw a lesser spotted woodpecker in the garden of our b&b, run by a lovely man called Godfrey (and his spaniel, Sally). We were well looked after in this fab little place which is as eco as possible without being worthy. Godfrey is a lovely, caring man who loves the area and all the living beings within it deeply. While I don’t necessarily agree with all his approaches, I loved his passion and sincere attachment to the Teifi Marshes and the area as a whole. Plus, he sent us on a fantastic little walk! It was such a beautiful morning. a really good time to take stock and study the landscape, slow down and recognise those songbirds that I love. Of course, I liked the half tame crow the best. Just as an extra link, the photographer who did the wedding was seriously shit hot. He doesn’t use flash, he’s a man after my own heart photography wise: Krystal and Neil King’s Wedding

It’s made me think about how these birds (Corvids) live along side others that we recognise as ‘more beautiful’ ‘more interesting’ and ‘sweeter’. I’m starting to focus on all the anthropomorphic associations that we make with birds (and animals more widely, but that would be getting ahead of myself) how we see some as ‘cute’ ‘sweet’ ‘cunning’ ‘evil’ ‘adorable’ etc. Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore birds. They are fascinating and wonderful creatures and I use those words without any association. They are literally fascinating and wonderful. But I know birds, I know that the Robin Redbreast can be a vicious and violent defender (or invader) of land, I know that Starlings are incredibly competitive over food and I know that Rooks and Jackdaws live in large family based communities and are actually quite, caring, to each other. (there’s safety in numbers and Corvids are great team players when it comes to defence) Crows and Raven’s are more solitary, but they do ‘partner for life’. It’s these thoughts and theories that I’m going to try and tackle in my new body of work. I want to hold up each association and examine it from my own visual perspective. I’ve got some stuff to look up and some drawings to do.

I also took down the work that I had up in the WOODSHED exhibition at the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes today. Here are some better photos of the work, so you can also see the hanging method. I wasn’t entirely happy with these (the left hand one, in particular, I put it up as a last minute decision and it didn’t have time to relax out of it’s curl) I hang them off 2inch box steel so they ‘float’ away from the wall, referencing the feather.



So. I’m pretty happy with these drawings, but I think that if I am still going to draw using this method, that I need to find a way to scale it downImageI want to find a scale that I can use that is more accessible to everyone, that can translate through different display methods and on different types of paper surface too. I’ll have to work on it. ImageImageImageIf anyone out there has any suggestions on scale for these drawings, then let me know. I’m a bit lost at the moment!

Once i’ve picked up the prints from the BWAE exhibition, then I will take some better photographs, but for now, a little taster of those too. ImageI sold a small mono print of a Rook – I guess I should make some more of those too!

For now, that’s it. I’ve gabbered enough. Please recommend anthropomorphic papers relating to birds if possible!

Please feed the birds.

One blog, One month, Two Shows

This week and the coming weekend are manically busy. I need to compartmentalise my brain to be able to deal with it all. Piano lessons, assignment writing, presentation giving (and writing -argh!) learning set meetings, quarterly reports, teaching, hanging work, a higher education fair, a private view and a wedding in Wales. I’ve still got to find some time to finish the greetings cards I’m making for the up-coming show and frame one more piece of work. So of course, this is the perfect week to start writing my new Artist blog. Procrastinator, moi?

As I haven’t shown properly in three years and it’s all a bit of a whirlwind, but I’m enjoying it and determined to make the most of it.  Currently I have work up in the staff show in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes, they’re large scale drawings in charcoal.Image They’re really visual investigations into interrupting the large scale of the paper, but the use of a feather has so many connotations. I won’t go into it now, I haven’t got the reference material to hand and if I’m going to start banging on about indexical marks then I should be giving credit to the journals/papers/books that I’ve read on it. 

The second show I’ve got coming up is a different beast entirely, I’ll be showing some work at the British Wildlife Art Show at St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital Trust. This work is from The Book of Birds which was one of the pieces that I made for my M.A. in Fine Art Printmaking at Winchester School of Art. Which for any one who knows me or met me then recognises that this piece of work means a lot to me personally. Anyone who has done an M.A. (or MSc) knows that studying at this level can put you through the wringer a bit. The works that I’m showing are loose leaves from the book. I have finally recognised that in their own right, the pages are fairly interesting pieces of work. I will take pictures on Friday and post them, it’s the first time I have ever framed any work. Which for a printmaker is a rather strange thing… Someone else is hanging the work for me though, result! 

I’m posting some pictures of my newest work here too, these really are sketches and developmental drawings (I’ll go into my own personal definition of drawing at some point too!) so I’d appreciate some critical feedback from anyone who has any. ImageImageImageImage

I think for now, that’ll do. 

Please feed the birds.